Thursday, April 1, 2010

Mandalas on Parade



Sooo. The hell that is Spring Set Building has begun. I make sets for four different productions every year. This year that would be: Songs From Around The World by the preschool and kindergarten students, The Nightingale a Tale From China by the 4th and 5th graders, Rats! A Story of the Pied Piper by the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders, and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella by the Middle and Upper School Students.

For the set for Songs From Around The World music teacher wanted to do something very multi-cultural. But, let's be honest, I want somethig fresher than the usual rainbow of human colors. So, I suggested doing a large mandala backdrop since mandalas are such a part of world culture. I made it an interedisciplinary unit wherein students made a madala about their favorite emotion in class. And then, they made another mandala on the backdrop. I didn't get a final picture before the backdrop was used in the play. . .But you can see the work in progress!

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